Friday December 7th – Open Thread

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen †

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191 Responses to Friday December 7th – Open Thread

  1. “An Invitation to the Country” – By Henry Livingston (1787) – This love poem of the simple life was published in the 19 Jan 1786 issue of the Poughkeepsie Journal. The music, “I Love Sue” and “Dawn of Hope” is from Henry’s music manuscript. Vintage postcard illustrations.

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  3. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    The Genuine Article

    Have you ever used Romans 15:16 to point out to someone that the Apostle Paul was “the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles,” only to have them argue that no, he was just a minister of the Gentiles, one of many who ministered to the nations? If you bump into someone who really knows his stuff, he may even point out that there are more verses that use the indefinite article to describe Paul as “a minister” (Acts 26:16; Eph. 3:7; Col. 1:23,25) than the lone Scripture that you can cite where he is called “the minister.”

    If anyone has ever called you on this, as you’ve sought to press the apostleship of Paul, you don’t have far to go to turn the tables and give them pause and food for thought. You see, just a few verses earlier in Romans 15, Paul referred to the Lord Jesus Christ as just “a minister of the circumcision” (v. 8).

    How can this be? How can the Son of God be anything other than the minister of the people He came to save (Matt. 1:21; 20:28)? I believe it is because, while the Lord Jesus was God in the flesh, He did not come into this world to sit in an ivory tower and dispatch other men to minister to the circumcision. He Himself was on the front line of the battle for the souls of men, standing shoulder to shoulder with other ministers of the circumcision, men like John the Baptist, the twelve, the seventy, and any and all others who ministered to “the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matt. 10:6) in the face of opposition that came from men and devils alike.

    In the same way, there is no question that the Apostle Paul was the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, the preeminent minister of the uncircumcision, as even an examination of the passages where he is called “a minister” will show (Acts 26:16-18; Eph. 3:1-7; Col. 1:24-29). But like his Lord, Paul was in the trenches, duking it out with the enemies of his gospel, standing shoulder to shoulder in the battle for truth with men like Timothy and Titus and Aristarchus and Epaphras and others.

    So stick to your guns when it comes to standing for the distinctiveness of the apostleship and message of Paul. In the face of opposition from men and devils alike, continue to insist that whether he’s called by the definite or indefinite article, the Apostle Paul was the genuine article!

    By Pastor Ricky Kurth

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      Romans 15:16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

      Acts 26:16 But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;

      Ephesians 3:7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.

      Colossians 1:23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
      25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;

      Romans 15:8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:

      Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

      Matthew 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

      Matthew 10:6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

      Acts 26:16 But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;
      17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,
      18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

      Ephesians 3:1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,
      2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:
      3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,
      4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)

      5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
      6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
      7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.

      Colossians 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:
      25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;
      26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:

      27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
      28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
      29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

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  4. Lucille says:

    As we remember the sacrifices and heroism…

    Pearl Harbor – Dec. 7, 1941 – The only color film of the attack

    NOTE: This is all original color film, not B&W that has been colored, or stock footage made by a studio. This is the only known real color film of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

    This COLOR footage of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was shot by CWO4 Clyde Daughtry. The original footage has since been lost, and the poor quality of this footage is due to the fact that it is a copy. Among the many valuable portions of this footage are shots of USS Nevada (BB-36) underway and firing back at Japanese aircraft, USS Oglala (CM-4) rolling over and sinking, and USS St. Louis underway (CL-4).

    A Zephyrhills man stumbled on an incredible find connected to the Pearl Harbor attacks while purchasing war memorabilia.

    John Bolender is an avid collector of WWII memorabilia and recently he placed an ad looking to buy more. A woman answered the ad offering to sell boxes of old photos for $400.

    When he opened the boxes he discovered it was filled with hundreds of photos taken by Chief Warrant Officer Clyde Daughtry, a photographer with the Navy.

    Daughtry captured dozens of images on film during the Pearl Harbor attacks. Some of those photos, his journal, and even a flag flown on the U.S.S. Argonne during the attacks were in the box. Officer Daughtry was on board the Argonne when the attacks started.

    “Normally, when someone says they have a lot of photographs, a large amount would be a small shoebox full, ” said Bolender. “When we got there, there was at least two footlockers full of photographs.”

    The collection also contains several hundred negatives which Bolender hopes to get developed. He said he is excited to see what else Daughtry captured on film.

    Officer Clyde Daughtry died in 1995 in Fort Myers.

    Bolender said he plans to loan some of the artifacts to area museums like the barracks Zephyrhills Airport.

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    • blondegator says:

      My friend and neighbor was married on Pearl Harbor Day. He lost his wife over 20 years ago, but I always shake my head in awe when I think of what that day must have been like, not just for Allen, but for all of our parents and grandparents.

      My friend Allen is still going strong, too. Unsurprisingly, as his mom lived to be 105.

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    • piper567 says:

      Very exciting, Lucille, Thanks.
      I love it that people hang on to pictures and items which are valuable adjuncts to actual History.
      So much is being lost by omission.
      This film is just stunning!

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      • Lucille says:

        Yes, it makes a person wonder how much is still out there undiscovered. I just happened across the YouTube a couple hours ago, though it’s been on YT since 2012.

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    • amwick says:

      My mother’s first beau died at Pearl Harbor. He gave her a plastic rose before he left, and she kept it in a tall decorative glass jar. It was on her bureau for ever. I know because, as a kid, I asked her about that rose, she really didn’t say too much, just that he went away and was killed during this attack. I still think about that young sailor, and wonder.

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        My father was supposed to be on the Arizona, but his orders were changed and he had just gone home.

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      • Katherine McCoun says:

        Chills on my arms. Tears in my eyes. That young man was remembered for your mother’s whole life and now yours as well. The men you died left many holes in the lives of those back home and were remembered forever.

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  8. Lucille says:

    Portland Head Lighthouse, Cape Elizabeth, Maine – Opened: January 1791

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  9. Les Standard says:

    “Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad”

    Anonymous ancient proverb, wrongly attributed to Euripides. The version here is quoted as a “heathen proverb” in Daniel, a Model for Young Men (1854) by William Anderson Scott. The origin of the misattribution to Euripides is unknown.

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  10. Garrison Hall says:

    The first time I heard her sing, Allison Krause became one of my absolute favorite performers. Although it was a old favorite of mine, I didn’t know that “When You Say Nothing At All” wasn’t one of her original songs and was, in fact, a cover of a song written and performed by the late Keith Witley’s. Through some sound engineer editing magic, Allison and Keith can perform this song together. Perfection just got a bit better . . .

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    • Jim in TN says:

      So, we are dying to know. How long does a fill up take? (Include filling up the generator a cell as charging the battery.) And how many miles to the gallon does it get?

      Wouldn’t it be funny to see an electric car towing a road safe generator? How else could it make long trips? Maybe hotels will someday provide overnight charging.

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  11. Beverly says:

    “Because Men Have Forgotten God” — Alexander Solzhenitsyn

    He came out of the Hell of Soviet Communism and warned us 40 years ago:

    Do please read it all: Here is a sample.

    “More than half a century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of older people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: ‘Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.’

    “Since then I have spent well-nigh fifty years working on the history of our Revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous Revolution that swallowed up some sixty million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.

    “What is more, the events of the Russian Revolution can only be understood now, at the end of the century, against the background of what has since occurred in the rest of the world. What emerges here is a process of universal significance. And if I were called upon to identify briefly the principal trait of the entire twentieth century, here too, I would be unable to find anything more precise and pithy than to repeat once again: Men have forgotten God.

    “The failings of human consciousness, deprived of its divine dimension, have been a determining factor in all the major crimes of this century. …

    “Today’ s world has reached a stage which, if it had been described to preceding centuries, would have called forth the cry: “This is the Apocalypse!”

    “Yet we have grown used to this kind of world; we even feel at home in it.

    “Dostoevsky warned that “great events could come upon us and catch us intellectually unprepared.” This is precisely what has happened. And he predicted that “the world will be saved only after it has been possessed by the demon of evil.” Whether it really will be saved we shall have to wait and see: this will depend on our conscience, on our spiritual lucidity, on our individual and combined efforts in the face of catastrophic circumstances. But it has already come to pass that the demon of evil, like a whirlwind, triumphantly circles all five continents of the earth…

    “All attempts to find a way out of the plight of today’s world are fruitless unless we redirect our consciousness, in repentance, to the Creator of all: without this, no exit will be illumined, and we shall seek it in vain. The resources we have set aside for ourselves are too impoverished for the task.

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  12. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    What’s up in space (lots of links in the text below on the website)


    Comet 46P/Wirtanen is approaching Earth for an historic close encounter on Dec. 16th. The comet’s green atmosphere is already twice the size of a full Moon and growing larger, making it an easy target for binoculars and small telescopes. Sky maps and observing tips are available here.


    A large hole in the sun’s atmosphere is facing Earth and spewing a stream of solar wind in our direction. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory is monitoring the structure, shown here in a false-color UV image taken on Dec. 6th:

    The hole (technical term: “coronal hole”) is so large it almost completely bisects the solar disk, stretching more than a million km across the sun’s equator.

    We’ve seen this coronal hole before. It has been spinning around with the sun, lashing Earth with solar wind approximately once a month since September. Last month, the lashing commenced on Nov. 9th, lasted for alnost 3 days, and caused sharp tremors in the geomagnetic field. Solar winds blowing faster than 600 km/s sparked an explosion of Phoenix-shaped auroras over Norway:

    “The display over Senja, Norway, on Nov. 11th was nothing short of magical,” recalls photographer Adrien Mauduit. “Huge colorful pillars took the shape of a fiery bird.”

    The same stream of solar wind will return on Dec. 8th or 9th and it may be even more potent this time because the underlying coronal hole has hrown larger in the intervening month. Arctic sky watchers, mark your calendars and warm your cameras. The Phoenix might rise again. Free: Aurora Alerts.

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  13. Beverly says:

    More from Solzhenitsyn:

    “Russia felt the first whiff of secularism; its subtle poisons permeated the educated classes in the course of the 19th century and opened the path to Marxism. By the time of the Revolution, faith had virtually disappeared in Russian educated circles; and amongst the uneducated, its health was threatened.

    “It was Dostoevsky, once again, who drew from the French Revolution and its hatred of the Church the lesson that “revolution must necessarily begin with atheism.” That is absolutely true. But the world had never before known a godlessness as organized, militarized, and tenaciously malevolent as that practiced by Marxism.

    “Within the philosophical system of Marx and Lenin, and at the heart of their psychology, hatred of God is the principal driving force, more fundamental than all their political and economic pretensions. Militant atheism is not merely incidental or marginal to Communist policy; it is not a side effect, but the central pivot.

    “The 1920’s in the USSR witnessed an uninterrupted procession of victims and martyrs amongst the Orthodox clergy. Two metropolitans were shot, one of whom, Veniamin of Petrograd, had been elected by the popular vote of his diocese. Patriarch Tikhon himself passed through the hands of the Cheka-GPU and then died under suspicious circumstances. Scores of archbishops and bishops perished.

    “Tens of thousands of priests, monks, and nuns, pressured by the Chekists to renounce the Word of God, were tortured, shot in cellars, sent to camps, exiled to the desolate tundra of the far North, or turned out into the streets in their old age without food or shelter. All these Christian martyrs went unswervingly to their deaths for the faith; instances of apostasy were few and far between. For tens of millions of laymen access to the Church was blocked, and they were forbidden to bring up their children in the Faith: religious parents were wrenched from their children and thrown into prison, while the children were turned from the Faith by threats and lies…

    “….But there is something [the Communists] did not expect: that in a land where churches have been leveled, where a triumphant atheism has rampaged uncontrolled for two-thirds of a century, where the clergy is utterly humiliated and deprived of all independence, where what remains of the Church as an institution is tolerated only for the sake of propaganda directed at the West, where even today people are sent to the labor camps for their faith, and where, within the camps themselves, those who gather to pray at Easter are clapped in punishment cells – they could not suppose that beneath this Communist steamroller the Christian tradition would survive in Russia.

    “It is true that millions of our countrymen have been corrupted and spiritually devastated by an officially imposed atheism, yet there remain many millions of believers: it is only external pressures that keep them from speaking out, but, as is always the case in times of persecution and suffering, the awareness of God in my country has attained great acuteness and profundity.

    “It is here that we see the dawn of hope: for no matter how formidably Communism bristles with tanks and rockets, no matter what successes it attains in seizing the planet, it is doomed never to vanquish Christianity.”

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    • Patrick healy says:

      Thank you Beverly for those extracts.
      It would be wonderful it these and other Solzhenitchen pieces were taught to students and MY Pope.

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    • yy4u says:

      The mistake we all make is not taking into consideration that this was done almost a century ago. Those perpetuating this kind of thing will naturally have become more knowledgeable and sophisticated in 100 years. There is no need to round up the priests and pastors — use the media, especially social media to marginalize them — a lot cleaner (and safer for the perps who never knew when the masses might retaliate). No need for gulags – we can banish people from Facebook and You Tube. Elections? Schmelections. If the result isn’t “right” sic a special counsel on the winner (Nixon, Reagan, Bush II, Trump) until “the people” get it “right” (Carter, Clinton, Obama). Lenin was in a hurry, Stalin was a thug. Clinton (Bill) knew to first politicize the “government” (IRS bankrupting “American Specator”) and start putting “fellow travelers” into the DOJ, FBI, CIA. Obama just capitalized on it. So here we are. Solzhenitsyn landed in a gulag. Alex Jones gets kicked off Facebook. Orthodox priests get hauled off to jail or executed, Santa Claus gets banished for kneeling before baby Jesus. A kinder, gentler, more compassionate totalitarianism. No need to kill us and maybe make enough people mad to do something about it when the same can be accomplished in cyberspace.


  14. Donna in Oregon says:

    Irish Blessing

    May the Good Lord smile upon
    you with graciousness today,
    and may He send His angel to
    bring good luck your way.

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  15. smiley says:

    Remember Pearl Harbor

    We Remember

    they did not die in vain

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  16. smiley says:


    The Terrible TRUTH about mass migration and the UN Compact

    Stefan Molyneux

    fundamentally changing sovereign governments

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  17. RAC says:

    Please could anyone tell me when this particular style of PAA decal was in use.


    • amwick says:

      I found something similar on ebay and the just said 50s era. It is considered ephemera, and some people collect these.


      • RAC says:

        Thank you amwick, my dilapidated brain is good on impresions but pretty scant on hard facts. I did a bounce round the internet but could not come up with any dates.Was trying to date an item and establish how much would be a sensible bid. Every visual thing about it said 1950 plus or minus 15 years which is a wide window. In my interested field generally only go for antiques but occasionally go for newer items connected with important orgs. Still undecided hmmmm Lol.

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    • Melanie says:

      As a Pan Am Flight Attendant, those were the wings that I wore on my uniform. This was in the 80s.
      The Advertising of the New Round Globe began when they built the Pan Am Building in N.Y.C. in the 60s. The new globe then adorned the tale of all our Aircraft.

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      • pacnwbel says:

        Pan Am was the way to fly. Many good memories of transatlantic flights.


        • Bob says:

          Yes…they were so good they went out of business.


          • Melanie says:

            Thank Carter For That………………He led the Deregulation of the Airlines in “78.
            Yeah, you all got lower fares which eventually led to the zero service of today.
            Plus it wiped out solid middle class Airline employees. We went to B Scale and C Scale new hires. In New York City, Flt Attendants now qualify for Food Stamps.

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      • RAC says:

        Thank you Melanie, 80’s is pretty recent so am not going to go overboard on that one, though I will still be happy if I get it with a moderate attempt. 🙂

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  18. smiley says:

    The Matterhorn

    oil on paper mounted on cardboard (!)

    ca 1867

    Albert Bierstadt ~ German-American (b. 1830, Prussia-d.1902, NYC) ~ Luminism/Realism/Romanticism ~ member of The Hudson River School of painters

    friendly face 😀

    complete works, here…

    bio & history & more work, here..


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    • piper567 says:

      wow, smiley, what a great link to his works. Thanks.
      I love these paintings of God’s majestic Creation


      • smiley says:

        amazing to me that he could pull that off (oil) on paper so beautifully.

        don’t know what kind of paper he used there but most paper (esp in those days) will absorb so much of the oil (viscosity) as well as the pigment that it can turn to mud if you don’t know what you’re doing with it….with a tendency to over-work it out of sheer frustration til it’s ruined.

        one indication of an artist’s painting skill is how well s/he handles the paint…so the piece doesn’t turn to mud.

        his luminosity there…and in all his work…is what sets him apart, imo.


        • piper567 says:

          smiley. I know little of paint, am a graphite junkie, ha!
          appreciate your words…I do like paper, and know a bit ab it. Had missed the part ab paper.
          Really interesting. thanks.
          Does indeed make the his incandescence all the more impressive!


    • dbethd says:

      Really beautiful -all of them!


  19. Monticello says:

    The Lord Will Not Forsake His People
    94 O Lord, God of vengeance,
    O God of vengeance, shine forth!
    2 Rise up, O judge of the earth;
    repay to the proud what they deserve!
    3 O Lord, how long shall the wicked,
    how long shall the wicked exult?

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  20. getfitnow says:

    FTA – For a Democrat socialist who rails against a capitalist system, Bernie Sanders sure is living the life of the rich and famous. In fact, a bombshell federal campaign expenditure report released by a Vermont watchdog group has exposed Sanders for what he really is — a fraud. Turns out the climate alarmist — who never misses an opportunity to attack the GOP and the Trump administration for not doing enough to curb the effects of climate change — blew $300,000 in one month alone taking private jets.

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  21. Monticello says:

    Job 12
    22 He reveals the deep things of darkness and brings utter darkness into the light.

    Good morning all.

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  22. Dora says:

    Ivan Aivazovski‏ – ‘Sea Coast’ 1880

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  23. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”
    John 17:3 (KJV)

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  24. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels! USSArizona will be tweeting the events of Dec. 7, 1941 in real time this a.m. Very interesting.

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  25. waltherppk says:

    A season’s wish will come true
    All seasons begin with you
    One world — we all come from
    One world — we melt into one
    Just hold my hand and we’re there
    Somehow we’re going somewhere
    Somehow we’re going somewhere

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  26. duchess01 says:

    December 7, 2018

    by Geoffrey Grinder, Now The End Begins:

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  27. duchess01 says:

    FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2018
    The 77th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor and the Day of the Lord!

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  28. Dora says:

    Can you believe what these two are arguing about on the air?

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  29. Piggy says:

    Our congress is not “School House Rock” it only serves money. This is a great piece by Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson. Can grasp how the Uniparty works pretending to fight with each other. Very much worth the 6-7 minute view time.

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “Can grasp how the Uniparty works pretending to fight with each other.”

      Just “optics” for public consumption. Most of them are political whores and they know who their masters are. The few statesmen we have are not enough to make a real difference. If a senator or congresscritter does not suck up to leadership and/or the political party, they are left without much money for a re-election campaign.


  30. Dora says:

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  31. The art of Kara Walker………….…125335.126574..128828…0.0..0.50.329.8……1….1..gws-wiz-img.mqQq5Zh2Ll8


  32. Pointman says:

    Katie Melua – The Closest Thing To Crazy


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  33. pacnwbel says:

    I do not intend this as advertizing, but if you want to give a fabulous Christmas gift, the pillows a certain gentleman has gone to great lengths to create would be much appreciated. DH experienced first hand their remarkable comfort during his recent hospital stay. Mine arrived four days ago and I have slept like a log each night since, a real luxury for a light sleeper!

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  34. phattcat says:

    Facebook has covered over a posting of a picture of Santa Claus kneeling before the Baby Jesus, warning viewers that the photo “may show violent or graphic content.”

    A second warning beneath the obscured image of Santa on bended knee, reverentially adoring the Christ Child states, “This photo was automatically covered so you can decide if you want to see it.” . . .


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    • phattcat says:

      Hate speech included with violent photo above (SIC):

      My dear precious Jesus, I did not mean to take your place,
      I only bring toys and things and you bring love and grace.
      People give me lists of wishes and hope that they came true;
      But you hear prayers of the heart and promise your will to do.
      Children try to be good and not to cry when I am coming to town;
      But you love them unconditionally and that love will abound.
      I leave only a bag of toys and temporary joy for a season;
      But you leave a heart of love, full of purpose and reasons.
      I have a lot of believers and what one might call fame;
      But I never healed the blind or tried to help the lame.
      I have rosy cheeks and a voice full of laughter;
      But no nail—scarred hands or a promise of the hereafter.
      You may find several of me in town or at a mall;
      But there is only one omnipotent you, to answer a sinner’s call.
      And so, my dear precious Jesus, I kneel here to pray;
      To worship and adore you on this, your holy birthday.

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    • Dora says:

      Who ever thought this could happen in America?

      How very sad.

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    • andyocoregon says:

      Facebook censors are guilty of hating Christmas and Christians. They are the true hate speech promoters.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:


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  35. Amy2 says:

    I wish Laura Ingraham would just fold on her radio show. I’m not a big fan, but I listen while I’m online before Rush (who I listen to while I’m working around the house).

    She’s not there half the time, Raymond Arroyo is nice but a little to metrosexual for me. This is the second day they have been discussing whether parents can make their teens wear ankle monitors. Before that it was schools not wanting parent to come in to lunch with their kids anymore. I’m a parent, I appreciate these subjects but come on, there is SO much more going on today!! Okay, thanks for the rant!

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      sometimes we just need a place to rant, Amy2.

      I think I read somewhere, that Ingraham is going to fold the radio show, and go into podcasting……..I can’t remember where I read it.

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      • Amy2 says:

        Thanks for the update! I would like to have seen her take the press secretary job that it was rumored she was offered. No slam to Sarah, she’s great!


    • Lucille says:

      I love Raymond Arroyo. He’s a fine Christian man who is devoted to his family. In the days before the TV was removed at my house, his news hour was an absolute go-to on EWTN.

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  36. Dora says:

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    • Lucille says:

      “Migrants become our masters. Nationals enslaved.” Only the willfully blind cannot see this. It’s beyond alarming that the UN would-be world government thinks it’s a good idea to bring in people from a culture which believes it is perfectly OK to harass, rape, stab or murder those you consider are inferior.

      Canada: Opposition, protests and a petition against the UN Migration Pact
      December 6, 2018 by Christine Douglass Williams

      The UN Migration Pact represents a catastrophic dismantling of key components of democratic institutions by the United Nations, a body that has increasingly allied with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

      As a concerned, patriotic Canadian citizen and Royal Canadian Air Force F18 retired combat pilot, Major Russ Cooper — co-founder of the group Canadian Citizens for Charter Rights and Freedoms— wrote a summary of his concerns about the UN Migration Pact…


  37. What’s on your plate this weekend?
    Here is what I will be making…………………I like it with cooked red cabbage.

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  38. andyocoregon says:

    Why are we exporting oil? If all those millions of barrels were kept in the U.S., our gas and diesel prices would drop like a rock.


  39. yy4u says:

    Years ago — in the late 1950’s or early 1960’s (yes I’m THAT old) — I was at a party and a “Beatnik” poet got up and recited a poem. I think it was original though I don’t know and I never did know the name of the poet. But I retained bits and pieces of this poem for half a century.

    The bits and pieces I remember went something like this.

    “Dancing through the hollyhocks,
    The pink petunias gathered poppy pollen
    From the hypodermic needle hanging from the big, red star…
    The world was in flames fertilized by fallout
    The prophet was dead and the poet had no rhyme
    And that’s the way it ended
    And began
    All over again.”

    Can anyone doubt the “pink petunias” “dancing through the hollyhocks” are the fools who were taken in by the communist propaganda and those who came after them? Remember the “Better Red Than Dead” signs? You don’t? Then you’re young. I DO. The same kinds of people who are today’s Antifa and “resisters” are the Bill Ayerses who marched and the Carl Bernsteins who investigated presidents they didn’t agree with politically.

    The poet probably had no idea in the early 60’s that the “poppy pollen” could well be the propaganda “seeded” by the above rather than nuclear fallout which is what the “entertainment” and propaganda industries were selling at the time. The world is in flames (Paris is burning, migrant third world hordes trying to get into the West to get their share of the free stuff). While the Prophet is not dead, most Americans have turned away from Jesus Christ, and what passes for poetry these days certainly doesn’t rhyme. So far as that’s the way it ended, who can argue that the United States of 2018 is a hugely different country than the USA of 1960 when there were two parties with two different ideologies rather than a single Globalist party and a kinder, gentler soviet style government (no gulags but shamed off of Facebook and banned by Google, etc).

    Sorry to get all symbolic on ya, but this poem has haunted me for a looooooong time and never seemed more perceptive than today.


  40. Lucille says:

    Poll shows huge Democrat bias toward Muslims, against Christians
    December 6, 2018 by Robert Spencer

    The disinformation campaign has been wildly successful: most Democrats take for granted that opposing jihad mass murder and Sharia oppression of women and non-Muslims is “racist” and “Islamophobic.”


    • yy4u says:

      “Poll shows huge Democrat bias toward Muslims, against Christians
      December 6, 2018 by Robert Spencer”
      For those who haven’t read “Whirlwind” by James Clavell, you might be interested. It was written in the early 1980’s about the Iranian Revolution, published years before it became PC not to blame Democrats (Carter) for ANYTHING. It is fiction, but Clavell was a good researcher and what I remember most from the book was that the Communists got together with the Islamists to defeat the Shah, each thinking once the Shah was deposed, it (Reds or Mullahs) would take over. Once the Revolution was over, the Reds found themselves either exiled, in jail or executed. The Mullahs assumed total control. The second thing I remember from the book is how one of the female characters was pro Islamc Revolution because she felt that being bagged (my term) would make men take her more seriously and she’d be judged on the content of her intelligence and character — only to find out, of course, that she was a second class citizen.

      My point in posting is that I see the same thing going on here with the Reds being snookered once more by the Islamists, the two factions joining together to take down the hated Judeo-Christians so that its faction can take over. I do not think the Muslims will ever take over the USA. I think the fight here will be between the Americans of African descent who will demand America become like South Africa and the Latinos who are migrating here by the thousands at a time. Either way, America in 2050 will bear no resemblance to the America of 1950.

      Some say good, others say “be careful what you wish for, you just might get it”.


  41. I am not sure how to forward a tweet thread…

    The Flynn Family Strikes Back!

    Liked by 2 people

    • BigMamaTEA says:

      JW in Germany……here’s how you post a twatter-thread……

      In this case, the first of those tweet’s by Gen. Flynn’s brother…right at the bottom of it….it says in blue, “show this thread”. You click on that, which will bring forward the thread, OR individual tweet you want to post here.

      Then got up to your browser url-box……copy and paste here in the comment thread ……that URL.
      For example, I’m going to post in the middle of this sentence , which is what I will post all by itself next for the thread to show up.

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  42. Dora says:

    I believe we are seeing history being made around us.

    I don’t know what she is saying, but she’s very moving.

    I feel her pain.

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  43. AloftWalt says:

    Does anyone else find it odd that we just had a major earthquake hit a major Alaskan city inflicting major damage and there hasn’t been another word about it in most of the media since it happened. I haven’t even heard about any additional follow-up from our government either.

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